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  • April 8, 2015

The Secret Ingredient

Parents often as me what it takes to make it to the big leagues.  Before I answer that question, let me tell you some other things I have learned from these conversations.  Parents of young hockey players are a dedicated group who will do anything for their children.  It is great to see this type of commitment to […]

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  • March 21, 2015

FUELING YOUR ENGINE: HOW FOOD CAN MAKE YOU A BEAST

Mark Dekanich   SPORTS NUTRITION. Type those two words into any search engine and you will be instantly bombarded by millions of results. For a long time, athletes, trainers, and coaches alike have been looking for the answer to the question: how can performance be consistently great? The truth is that there are many pieces […]

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  • March 2, 2015

Proud Dad

My eldest son, Noah, just finished his first hockey school this week.  On the final day, I went to watch and he was so proud to be out on the ice “skating like Daddy.”  After he received his graduation certificate he gave me the biggest smile and two thumbs up.  If you look closely at the […]

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  • February 6, 2015

The New Popovic Hockey Academy

Hello everyone, and welcome to our new and improved website and blog! We are excited with the changes and new direction of Popovic Hockey Academy, and we wanted to share it with you all. In 2015, we are expanding into the Denver area, as we recently purchased a house and are hoping to call Castle […]

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  • December 16, 2014

The Art of the Prank

Everyone knows professional athletes like to have fun at work and some of you have probably heard about players playing pranks on one another.  There are a few  keys to a great prank.  No one can get hurt, never embarrass your employer and never tell the victim who performed the prank.  Below are some pranks […]

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  • December 16, 2014

First NHL Game

My second year of pro hockey, I was expecting to make the Big Club out of training camp. Unfortunately for me, the GM  of Anaheim made a trade for a veteran defensemen, Todd Simpson, which bought me a one-way ticket to the minors, compliments of Bob Murray. I had a hard time dealing with the […]

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  • December 16, 2014

Dida

It’s day ten of training camp in Maribor, Slovenia and it has been tough, to say the least. Coach has been putting us through the grinders with two a days that make my past NHL camps look like walks in the park. Today something hit me: fifty-five years ago, my Dida (Grandfather) snuck out of […]

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  • December 16, 2014

Real Food Diet

Everywhere you look in our culture you are constantly being bombarded by contrasting information on dieting, what to eat, and what not to eat. In recent years there has been the Atkins Diet, South Beach Diet, Cabbage Soup fast, and a diet that promises you will lose weight by eating nothing but cookies. When you’re […]

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